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March 9th, 2014

Cumberland bike shop owner seeking marrow donor for niece

March 9, 2014

CUMBERLAND — Michael Iafrate will admit that he didn’t give childhood leukemia much thought until it touched his own family. Iafrate knew about the illness and its impact on children, but like many people, didn’t have a connection that would show him what such an illness can do to a family.

That is not until his niece, Anna Getner, 9, of Wilton, Conn., became ill with ALL leukemia late last year, and his family became involved in trying to get her the option of a bone marrow transplant if that becomes necessary.

March 8th

WPD lands two Hummers, and the price was right: $0

March 8, 2014

WOONSOCKET – It’s okay if you call them Hummers – everyone will. But the fact is, those squat, camouflage-patterned 4-by-4s you may have seen parked outside police headquarters the last couple of days are bona fide High Mobility Multi-Purpose Wheeled Vehicles, or HMMWVs – equipment manufactured for the Army that inspired the mainstream consumer cousin.

The Woonsocket Police Department is now in possession of two of the military vehicles, worth about $60,000 each.

This is what the WPD paid: The Bubble. As in zero, zilch, nada.

What’s next for Tyler?

March 8, 2014

While the big birthday celebration for Burrillville’s Tyler Seddon may be over, the search continues for a bone marrow match for Tyler and thousands more diagnosed with life-threatening diseases for which a bone marrow transplant may be their best or only hope of a cure.

And it couldn’t be any easier to register to see if you’re a match.

March 7th

Scavage through Cumberland’s varied history

March 7, 2014

CUMBERLAND – When your town has more than 300 years of history to tell, it certainly has plenty of locations to make a Historical Scavenger Hunt fun and thought-provoking.

At least that is what Michael Crawley, Parks & Recreation director, and Arlene Nunn, Parks & Recreation clerk, intended when they came up with the idea of holding their first historical hunt beginning this afternoon and running through March 30.

RI nutrition program shakes up old menus

March 7, 2014

The cheapest lunch in town is going bistro.

Actually, it’s been going that way for a while, says Larry Grimaldi of the R.I. Department of Elderly Affairs.

The biggest kitchens of the state’s Senior Nutrition Program have slowly been tweaking their menus to cater to the more sophisticated, health-conscious tastes of baby boomers, the fastest-aging segment of the population.

“The senior center isn’t just a place you go to have lunch and play bingo,” says Grimaldi. “That concept is long gone.”

March 6th

TYLER'S BIG DAY: Hundreds of police officers, firefighters amass to support 7-year-old Tyler Seddon

March 6, 2014

BURRILLVILLE -- Bad guys and evildoers beware: There’s a new lawman in town and his name is Tyler Seddon.

Sharply dressed in a crisp blue police uniform with a shiny new badge and cap, Tyler, a Pascoag boy battling leukemia, fulfilled his birthday wish Thursday when more than a thousand of his heroes – policemen, firemen, ambulance technicians and soldiers – turned out for a birthday celebration Tyler and his family won’t soon forget.

And what a celebration it was.

March 5th

City man charged with dealing synthetic painkiller linked to epidemic of heroin overdoses

March 5, 2014

WOONSOCKET – A local man has been arrested on federal charges of distributing fentanyl and street heroin laced with the synthetic painkiller, which has been linked to a dramatic spike in fatal overdoses.

DON'T MISS IT! Birthday bash for Tyler Thursday

March 5, 2014

BURRILLVILLE -- A massive surprise birthday party for Tyler Seddon of Pascoag is set for Thursday and The Call will be there to cover the celebration. Follow The Call on Twitter(@WoonsocketCall) for continuous updates throughout the day as hundreds of police, firefighters and first responders pay tribute to the birthday boy, who is fighting cancer. See our complete coverage of the festivities in Friday’s editions of The Call and The Times.

March 4th

Mayor to address city's fiscal dilemma

March 4, 2014

WOONSOCKET – Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt announced Tuesday she will share her “findings and thoughts” about the fiscal challenges facing the city next week in her first public address to constituents since taking office.
The speech is scheduled to take place in Harris Hall at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 13, in keeping with an inauguration-night promise to report back to voters after studying the city’s problems for a hundred days. The mayor was sworn in Dec. 3.

March 3rd

Tax pact clears the way to keep business in Burrillville

March 3, 2014

BURRILLVILLE – The Town Council has approved a 10-year tax stabilization agreement for a cashmere fiber products company that is planning to purchase a soon-to-be-built 13,000-square-foot building on Route 102 as its new corporate headquarters and warehouse.

Alashan Cashmere Company President Donald Fox and the Burrillville Industrial Foundation wanted the stabilization agreement for the new facility, which the Burrillville Industrial Foundation will build adjacent to the Kubota tractor dealership building at 846 Broncos Highway.

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